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Anna711 05-30-2019 11:41

Hello all - New and confused prediabetic
 
Hi my name is Anna. I am married with 3 kids and will be 30 next month. I had gestational diabetes with two of my three pregnancies. I started feeling terrible a couple months ago (one year postpartum from my third). I decided to take my sugar and it was in the 170s and made an appointment with my gp. A1c was high normal at 5.6.

However, from testing and tracking I have found my fasting was usually low/normal but 1hr post meal would be bad if I ate too much/the wrong carbs. I am finding that my carb tolerance has gotten worse as well with numbers over 200 after meal with “normal” carbs. My post meal numbers are definitely worse than when I had gd.

I am able to keep my numbers in the normal range with low carb and Intermittent fasting 16/8.

The confusing thing for me is that I am athletic, thin, and have been health conscious most my life. I have lost 10 pounds and upped the exercise, but my carb intolerance seems to be getting worse, not better.

Has anyone else experienced something similar?

itissteve 05-30-2019 13:09

Hello, Anna. Welcome to the forum!

I cannot claim to having been athletic, thin, or even particularly health-conscious at most points in my life. But I know other posters on this forum are or have been, so I'm hoping they post in this thread.

I can tell you that issues with insulin levels not matching up with blood glucose levels are not related solely to obesity or a lack of exercise. The increase in the rate of incidence of diabetes does not track with the rate of incidence of obesity so there clearly are other factors involved.

All that said, it seems LC and IF are working well for you, and that is great news!

xring 05-30-2019 17:20

Obesity is how doctors blame patients for their diabetes when they don't know the cause. That applies to many other conditions besides diabetes. Also, any medical issue they can't explain will be blamed on diabetes.

I was managing diabetes without any medication or insulin for several years. And, after I lost 95 lbs, my blood sugar went UP & I started on insulin.

VeeJay 05-30-2019 18:15

Hi Ann, welcome to the forum.

It sounds like you need to see and endo who will test things like your body's insulin production, and whether or not you have an autoimmune issue that would indicate T1 rather than T2. How you treat your diabetes depends on at least these issues. Low carb can certainly help, but if your body isn't making enough insulin itself, you'll need help. And if you're not T2, then the T2 wonder drugs won't do any good.

Knowledge is power.

It isn't unusual for a woman with GD to later on develop full-blown diabetes. Often they develop T1, rather than T2. Takes a doctor who is savvy about this and about the difference between T1 and T2 and who will run the necessary tests.

mbuster 05-31-2019 02:03

Hi Anna, welcome to the forum.

I was health conscious most of my life. I called it body building between 20-35 years old, but mainly I lifted weights more than building body. I quit eating salt, I quit eating fat, and tried following all the nutritional guidelines. As I got older I got less active. Now I am finding out that a lot of the so called healthy things, like carb requirements, may be part of the problem. If we could undo most of the healthy guides developed between 1950 and 1980, future generations may avoid having to wonder about what they did wrong.

alamogirl 06-01-2019 18:44

Hi Anna, welcome to the forum. Yeah, sometimes diabetes just doesn't make sense. I worked with a very fit military male who battled his diabetes constantly. He had problems with high sugar levels. He finally retired, and that seemed to do the trick.

I found this forum 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with T2. I love it here. There is a wealth of information, and everyone is very supportive and knowledgeable. Stick around. We'd love to have you.

Cricket 06-02-2019 16:10

Just some thoughts...

I had Gestational Diabetes throughout my pregnancies. I was not overweight (In fact, my doctor worried I wasn't gaining enough.) and I was very active. Almost immediately after the birth of my children, my blood sugar returned to normal. The doctor did warn me that GD could increase my risk of diabetes later on in life.

Fast forward many years. I was in the best shape of my life. I was focused on eating healthy, (I thought.) my weight was within normal limits, and I walked (intentionally) 5-10 miles a day. I did have warning symptoms, but I blamed them on everything BUT diabetes. I thought my thirst was dehydration because of long walks in the Texas heat. I blamed peeing a lot on the fact that I was drinking more. I blamed blurry vision on maybe I needed new glasses...

In fact, the day I was diagnosed, I was getting ready to head out for a long walk/hike when I suddenly went down. My daughter mentioned to 911 that I appeared intoxicated, but she knew I wasn't. She worried I was having a stroke.

I was in the hospital for something like 10 days (maybe 2 weeks?). When they diagnosed with my diabetes. I was pretty sure it had to be a mistake. It wasn't.

I agree with others that it would be good for you to see an endo to determine for sure which type of diabetes you are dealing with.

You can CHOOSE to control diabetes instead of allowing it to control you.

That fact that you have started early in knowing what makes your blood glucose rise, is a great head start for you.

Silinde 06-03-2019 13:16

Just a quick addition to above: there exists some types of DB that are not strictly T1/T2 but look a little like both. (LADA/MODY). I don't know if it's an important distiction wrt treatment (for certain types of MODY it does matter I thought but MODY is for children so not applicable here I assume), just saying there's more than just 1/2.

VeeJay 06-03-2019 14:31

Here's a good article about MODY.
https://www.bloodsugar101.com/mody

Jenny Ruhl, the author of this website, has MODY, but it wasn't diagnosed until much later as an adult. It is genetic, so I can see why it is viewed as a childhood diabetes, but it doesn't always manifest decisively until adulthood. Most people with MODY aren't diagnosed and struggle with their diabetes because it doesn't act like T2 or T1. And to complicate things, there are several types of MODY, each one a little different in symptoms and in treatment.


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